Dharma Card for December, 2017
“What is the Dharma at all?”
“It is the opposite of a gun.
A gun kills a living one,
while Dharma turns a dead one alive.”
by Rev. Daisen Takamitsu
When Rev. Daisen Takamitsu visited a temple follower’s home for Ho’onko
service, the eldest son of the family was attending the Dharma talk unusually.
Daisen: Hi Son, welcome to the Dharma seat.
Son: I was not willing to be here, but my parents urged me so earnestly.
Daisen: It’s a rare chance to hear the Dharma. Why not ask any question?
Son: What is the Dharma at all?
Daisen: It is the opposite of a gun.
Son: Opposite of a gun?
Daisen: Yes. A gun kills a living one, but the Dharma turns a dead one alive.
Son: Does the Dharma revive a dead one in the coffin?
Daisen: No, it makes a dead one like you live.
Son: I am not dead. I am alive as you see.
Daisen: No, you are not living, but just moving. You pop rice into your mouth three
times a day, and you move, jut like the locomotive you drive does when you
put coal into its boiler. It just moves, but does not live. A man should live truly.
Do you have any joy in your life?
The son was awakened by Rev. Daisen’s words and came to seek the Dharma
earnestly thereafter, finally serving as a temple caretaker.
Well, are we living a true life?
Surely our body or heart is moving, but have we spent a year full of the joy
of true living? Let us ask ourselves in the nembutsu.